To the casual observer, it can seem like just about everything has its own dedicated “national time slot” these days, beckoning Americans to celebrate everything from frozen foods to pirate-speak and back again. But while plenty of modern awareness-centered holidays are indeed whimsical, a few speak to more serious issues, and National Mental Health Counseling Week is certainly among them. Taking place from the sixth through the twelfth, the special week has been created to help bolster the role of counseling in America’s communities and to work towards washing away the stigmas still attached to mental health care in many areas.

An informal affair that’s not likely to find a special section in the greeting cards department, the week-long holiday is nevertheless an important calendar highlight for professionals around the country, as well as those touched by their work. Many areas are celebrating in ways that reflect local interactions with psychotherapy and counseling. In Laconia, New Hampshire, area schools are taking a time-out to acknowledge and honor school nurses, many of whom serve as counselors and interact with childrens’ mental health on a daily basis. The nurses are subject to special accolades as National Nurse Week coincides with Mental Health Counseling Week.

In the eastern town of Meridian, Mississippi, organizers are focusing on the ability of mental health counseling and psychotherapy to aid in the suffering of senior citizens, who are finding increasing opportunities to seek professional help. On the other end of the age spectrum, children in Tampa Bay, Florida, and their loved ones can experience the ability of psychotherapy to empower lives even in their earliest stages with free youth mental health screens. Though the week might not stir up quite as much publicity as National Talk Like a Pirate Day, its power to inspire and enlighten communities certainly something to celebrate.

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  1. I am soooooo grateful to you, to your profession. I have personally been helped by professional counseling . I am not ashamed to say this. You and your profession are personally responsible to give 😊life to soooooooo many in our troubled and hurting world and for this , we owe a debt of gratitude and awesome respect for what you do everyday. . Yeah, TIME TO TALK DAY is a great start but I move to have our nation designate one day, a certain weekday EVERY month as a MONTHLY Time To Talk Day. An encouragement for [not just potential mass murderers among us] ALL o f u s to reach out to a local counselor, a qualified, respected Clergy leader, your school counselor, to share with them things we have going on inside. A friend can often have good advice and will lend an ear to our secret pain but we all need more, from time to time. A friend most often does n o t know how to fix us, more often than not, d o e s n ‘ t know the right answer[s].
    PROPS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU . COUNSELORS R O C K !!!!!😎 Thank you, you’ve dedicated your lives to o t h e r s . Thank you for who you are, for what you DO. As someone famous once said;“A life lived for others, is the only life worth living.”

    ― Albert Einstein


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